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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Whether you have a taste for classic midwest fare, spicy world cuisine or a big juicy steak, the Heritage Corridor has dining options to please every palate. Bite into "the world's best chicken" from White Fence Farm. Take a photo with Marilyn or Elvis and enjoy some great grub at Route 66's iconic Polk-a-Dot Drive-in or pose with the muffler man at The Launching Pad Drive-In. Savor the fusion flavors of international tapas at Corner 230 in Ottawa or Mexican favorites at Friaco's Mexican Restaurant.

When it comes to steaks, Al's Steakhouse, Merichka's and Chapin's are THE places to go. There are also numerous casual, family restaurants with outstanding food and personal service to choose from.

Grab some late-night bites at several sports bars and lounges - many with live music - so kick back and enjoy.

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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

A spectacular family getaway just beyond the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park Grizzly Jack'...Details

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Utica
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9th Street Pub

Over 35 years in business in Starved Rock Country, serving lunch and dinner daily from 10:00 AM to 9...Details

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LaSalle
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Al's Steak House

Al’s Steak House is one of the oldest steak houses and upscale dining restaurants in Joliet. Al’s St...Details

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Joliet
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Alter Brewing Company

In the burgeoning suburb of Downers Grove, three men with a passion for beer formed Alter Brewing Co...Details

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Downers Grove
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Annie's Hideaway

A local treasure right in Naplate, Illinois. Annie’s Hideaway offers some of the area’s best fine di...Details

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Naplate
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August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co.

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. in Downtown Utica is Starved Rock Country’s award winnin...Details

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Utica
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Barolo Restaurant

Barolo Restaurant is located in Joliet, and offers a quaint European atmosphere with a unique spin o...Details

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Joliet
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Big Fish Grille

The Big Fish Grille is located at Harborside Marina in Wilmington, Illinois. Big Fish Grille is your...Details

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Wilmington
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Bishop's Hill - Winery

Here's your change to have a glass of wine or party in a newly restored historic castle. Bishop's H...Details

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Joliet
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Blu Bar

Blu Bar is an upscale lounge featuring specialty martinis, cappuccino and other coffee drinks. They...Details

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Plainfield
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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes fr...Details

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Granville
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Bolingbrook Park District

The Bolingbrook Park District provides opportunities that connect residents and visitors with the Bo...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport

Clow International Airport is Bolingbrook’s general aviation airport and is home to the A&M Aviation...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Burger Theory

Burger Theory in Joliet focuses on gourmet burgers. Their beef burgers are a special blend of certif...Details

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Joliet
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Cajun Connection

Starved Rock State Park), provides foodies with the most authentic Cajon experience possible. From B...Details

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Utica
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Casa Mia

Casa Mia in Naplate, has been one of the finest restaurants for the past 63 years. This culinary del...Details

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Naplate
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Cat's Eye - A Wine Bar

Located in beautiful downtown Ottawa; Cat's Eye wine bar in a new eclectic wine bar with wonderful u...Details

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Ottawa
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Cemeno's Pizza

Cemeno’s Pizza is has been a family owned tradition in Joliet for over 40 years. Cemeno’s Pizza offe...Details

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Joliet
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Channahon Lanes

Channahon Lanes is your home for family fun and entertainment in Channahon, Illinois. Located in the...Details

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Channahon
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Chapin's East Banquets and Twin Rail Pub

Chapin’s East is a beautiful upscale / casual banquet hall that can hold up to 300 guests for your w...Details

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Minooka
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Chestnut Street Inn

The award winning Chestnut Street Inn is the ideal retreat for foodie travelers. This historic 1854 ...Details

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Sheffield
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Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe & Banquets

Treat yourself to some of the best eats in the Chicagoland area. Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café is o...Details

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Darien
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Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts

Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts is located near Starved Rock State Park. Clarks Run Creek is the perfe...Details

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Utica
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Clayton's Tap

Generations have been gathering for food and spirits at Clayton’s Tap for over 40 years. Clayton’s T...Details

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Morris
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Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket is a historic roadhouse on the famous Route 66 specializing in fried chic...Details

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WILLOWBROOK
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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a true American success story. In 1941, Travis Dickey, a World War II veter...Details

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Elwood
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Dock Rotz Tavern

Dock Rotz Tavern in Minooka, Illinois provides home cooked meals, specialty drinks, and one of the b...Details

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Minooka
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Double J Sports Bar

DOUBLE “J” SPORTS BAR located on Joliet’s west side at 1001 Essington Rd. is one of the finest neigh...Details

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Joliet
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Edinger's Filling Station

Edinger’s Filling Station is a casual dining restaurant located in downtown historic Pontiac and alo...Details

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Pontiac
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Elder Brewing Company

Elder Brewing Company is a small cozy craft brewery in Downtown Joliet, Illinois. They have 5 craft ...Details

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Joliet
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Embers Tap House

Located in the heart of Lockport, Illinois, Embers Tap House is one of the area’s most popular spots...Details

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Lockport
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Friaco's Mexican Restaurant

Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant is a family owned restaurant in Joliet, Illinois. In a relaxing atmosphe...Details

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Joliet
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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

A spectacular family getaway just beyond the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park Grizzly Jack'...Details

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Utica
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Grundy County Corn Festival

The Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. The 70th annual Grundy Corn Festival ki...Details

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Morris
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Halftime Restaurant, Pizza & Cocktails

Halftime Restaurant Pizza & Cocktails in Ottawa, is a short distance from Starved Rock State Park. T...Details

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Ottawa
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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center....Details

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Joliet
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Hayden's Crossing

Hayden’s Crossing is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Downtown Wilmington with welcoming family atmosph...Details

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Wilmington
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Hazel Marie's

Hazel Marie's is an old fashioned ice cream parlor which serves 24 different flavors that your taste...Details

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Plainfield
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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Every great adventure starts with a moment of discovery. Ideally situated just minutes from Starved ...Details

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Ottawa
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Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Rock Run Convention Center

Enjoy a great night sleep at Joliet’s newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Rock Run Conven...Details

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Joliet
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Hollywood Casino Joliet

The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exc...Details

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Joliet
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Home Cut Donuts

Donuts! Home Cut Donuts is Joliet’s favorite coffee and donuts headquarters since 1966. They serve o...Details

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Joliet
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Honest Abe's Tap & Grill

Honest Abe’s Tab & Grill is family owned bar and grill in Morris, Illinois. They are famous for thei...Details

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Morris
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Hooters of Joliet

Come visit your favorite Hooters Girl at the Original Hooters of Joliet, Illinois located next to th...Details

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Joliet
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HopScotch & Vine

HopScotch & Vine is a fun choice for casual and social private events located in the Heart of Histor...Details

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Plainfield
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I&M Canal Visitors Center

The Lock 16 Café is located in the Lock 16 Visitor Center and serves breakfast and lunch and caters ...Details

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La Salle
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Ike & Oak Brewing Company

Ike & Oak Brewing Co. is an independently owned local craft brewery featuring handmade artisan pizza...Details

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Woodridge

iPic Theaters & Salt Sports Bar

It's no ordinary Cinema, it's the ultimate night out. iPic gives you the chance to watch their movie...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Iron&Glass

Iron&Glass is a taproom located on Weber Road in Romeoville, IL. Enjoy a beer from one of their 12 i...Details

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Romeoville
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Jerrie's Dogs & More

With the passing of owner Jeff Reid’s Mother Jerrie, Jeff decided to build a business in his Mothers...Details

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Joliet
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Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Freaky is a way of life at Jimmy John’s. Not only are they freaky fast, but they are freaks about fr...Details

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Utica
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Jitters Coffee House

Located in Downtown Joliet 2 block away from the Rialto Square Theatre and Harrah's Casino at the sc...Details

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Joliet
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Joliet Route 66 Diner

Tucked on the corner of downtown Joliet, the Joliet Route 66 Diner serves classic American food. Rou...Details

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Joliet
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Joliet Slammers Baseball

The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League, who play th...Details

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Joliet
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Joy and Ed's Inn

If you’re looking for a small town, good home cooking, Joy and Ed’s Inn will not disappoint. Joy and...Details

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Utica
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Liberty Street Cafe

Looking for a quaint local dining option to try? Then stop in the Liberty Street Café in Downtown Mo...Details

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Morris
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Lock 16 Cafe & Gift Shop

The Lock 16 Gift Shop is located at the Lock 16 Visitor Center in LaSalle. Gift Shop boasts a wide s...Details

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LaSalle
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Lockport Township Park District

The Lockport Township Park District provides park areas and recreation programs in order to enrich t...Details

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Lockport
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Lodi Tap House - Utica

The former Duffy's Tavern in Utica will reopen as Lodi's Tap House on April 2, 2019. They will be b...Details

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Utica
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Louis Joliet Mall

Louis Joliet Mall is Joliet’s shopping destination. Louis Joliet Mall offers an unparalleled shoppin...Details

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Joliet
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Maciano's Pizza & Pastaria

Thriving on knowledge acquired from five decades of culinary traditions covering four generations of...Details

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Shorewood
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MarkAllen's American Kitchen

For a unique dining experience, MarkAllen’s American Kitchen in Peru, is a must stop. MarkAllen’s ta...Details

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Peru
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Matty's Grill and Pancake House

Matty's Grill and Pancake House has been serving delicious burgers and breakfast food at their famil...Details

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SHOREWOOD
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McWethy's Tavern

Scottish inspired, American made. Located in the new clubhouse at Mistwood Golf Club. With handcraft...Details

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Romeoville
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Merichka's

Mericha’s has been family owned since 1933. Known for their World Famous “Poor Boys”, they also have...Details

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Crest Hill
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Morris Chop Shop

The Morris Chop Shop specializes in fresh local raised beef, pork and poultry. All of the beef is ra...Details

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Morris
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MyGrain Brewing

MyGrain Brewing is a brewpub located in the historical Joliet Union train station. They offer many c...Details

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Joliet
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Nelly's Restaurant on Route 66

Nelly’s Restaurant on Route 66 is “Home of The Best DAM” burgers, beef, hot dogs, fresh cut fries, o...Details

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Wilmington
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Nick's Tavern

If you ask a local in the Heritage Corridor on where to grab a great burger, they'll say Nick's Tave...Details

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Lemont
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Old Log Cabin

Old Log Cabin in Pontiac, Illinois is one of the oldest restaurants located on Historic Route 66. En...Details

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Pontiac
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Old Route 66 Family Restaurant

Get your kicks with an old fashioned milk shake on Route 66 at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant. The f...Details

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Dwight
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Opera House Steak & Seafood

Opera House Steak and Seafood is a fun choice for casual and social private events located in the He...Details

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Orange & Brew

Owner Eric Schmidt started to forge his appreciation of beer while managing a college bar. It was hi...Details

Tap Rooms with Bottle Shops1708

Downers Grove
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Pesciolino Osteria

Pesciolino Osteria is an Italian restaurant featuring authentic handmade pasta, fresh seafood, house...Details

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Channahon
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Polk-a-Dot Drive In

One of the most memorable attractions along Route 66 is the Polk-a-Dot Drive In. Once you enter the ...Details

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Prairie Fox Books

Prairie Fox Books is an independent bookstore in Ottawa, Illinois. The book store features an Englis...Details

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Ottawa
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Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center

The Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center is housed in the historic Gaylord Building in Lockp...Details

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Lockport
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Route 66 Bar & Grill

Route 66 Bar & Grill is a fantastic place for a family meal along the “Mother Road” Route 66. They a...Details

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Wilmington
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Route 66 Food N Fuel

Route 66 Food N Fuel is ideally situated along Route 66 on the southern edge of Joliet near the Chic...Details

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Joliet
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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

There are several dining options at Starved Rock Lodge for you to fuel up before or after a day expl...Details

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Oglesby
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Sunfield Restaurant

Sunfield Restaurant is casual dining restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Serving breakfast, lunch and di...Details

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Ottawa
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Tallgrass Restaurant

Tallgrass Restaurant is located 35 miles southwest of Chicago in the I&M National Heritage Corridor....Details

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Lockport
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Tangled Roots Brewing Company

In beautiful Starved Rock Country is Illinois’ finest craft beer experience, Tangled Roots Brewing C...Details

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Ottawa
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The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli

The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli is located just off the banks of the I&M Canal in Historic Ottawa, Illinois...Details

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Ottawa
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The Cup and the Scone

The Cup and the Scone is a traditional, Old English Coffeehouse located in Downtown Pontiac just ste...Details

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Pontiac
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The Launching Pad Drive-In

The Launching Pad Restaurant on Route 66 is most known for the 30-foot tall spaceman, The Gemini Gia...Details

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Wilmington
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The Lone Buffalo

The Lone Buffalo in Ottawa and near Starved Rock State Park, serves good food and beer in a comforta...Details

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Ottawa
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The New Chalet Restaurant

Good old home cooking awaits you at The New Chalet Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Voted one of the ...Details

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Ottawa
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The Red Dog Grill

The Red Dog Grill is Starved Rock Country’s best waterfront dining venue. Located in Heritage Harbor...Details

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Ottawa
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Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill offers polished American Cuisine in a casual environment in the Starved Rock area. Frid...Details

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LaSalle
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White Fence Farm

If you're making a trip down Route 66, make sure to plan on eating at White Fence Farm. The restaura...Details

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Romeoville
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Will County Brewing Company

This popular brewery in Shorewood, IL is known for its amazing concoctions and the head brewer's bea...Details

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Shorewood
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Wine and Cheese Co.

Wine & Cheese Co. is a fine wine and artisan cheese shop, wine bar and cafe located in historic down...Details

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Plainfield
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Woody's Steak House

Woody’s Steak House has been serving the Starved Rock and Illinois Valley area for over 70 years. Sp...Details

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Ottawa
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